Alonso Mateo – The Internet’s Five-Year-Old Style Icon

Most five-year-olds love playing dress-up by randomly combining clothes to create ultra-eccentric outfits, but Alonso Mateo doesn’t fool around like that. The mini-fashionista sports the most impeccable ensembles, smiles charismatically and poses as nonchalantly as an experienced male model. Virtually every photo of him posted online goes viral on sites like Instagram and Facebook, and his style is an inspiration to fashion-conscious grownups.

Alonso Mateo may be only five, but dressed in tailor-made suits, pocket squares, untucked and rolled sleeve shirts and designer blazers he looks like a miniature grown man. The thousands of fans who view his every photo and praise his fashion sense seem to love that about him, but there are those who think it’s too much for his age and that he should be allowed to enjoy a normal childhood. His mother, Luisa Fernanda Espinosa, a freelance stylist from Laguna Beach, California, says she never forced her love for stylish clothes on young Alonso. “I would put a scarf or a beanie on him and he wouldn’t mind. After a while, when he was 3 almost 4, he started asking me for bow ties and suits!”, Luisa told news reporters. His career as an Internet star began after Luisa uploaded some photos of her son to Instagram and got an amazing response from the community.  She kept adding them, and today her account has over 130,000 followers. Alonso’s own account is slowly catching up, and he has dozens of fan-pages on sites like Instagram and Facebook. Even famous stylists like Ugo Mozie, who has worked with Chris Brown, Beyoncé, and Kelly Rowland, think he’s got swagger.


“I love suits, sneakers and sunglasses. I like to dress like my dad, because he has cool suits”, Alonso Mateo told The Cut. To find the perfect garments, he and his parents scour the shops of big brands like Little Marc Jacobs, Crewcuts, American Apparel, Dior, Kitson Kids, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Bon Point, H&M, Dolce & Gabanna or Target. “When we go shopping, if he wants loafers just like his daddy and I can afford them, I get them,” Luisa Fernanda says. ”As long as it’s nice quality, I’ll take it”. Each morning before school, she and Alonso go into his personal walk-in closet and choose an outfit. He’s the one who decides what he wants to wear, but she’s always there to offer advice and make sure the ensembles make sense. The kid has become so famous that sometimes when they go out, there are fans waiting to take his picture.


“I don’t know if it’s because he’s an only child and he’s surrounded by so many grown-ups that he kind of wants to replicate what everybody around him is wearing?” mother Luisa Fernanda says about Alonso’s passion for grown-up clothes. “I don’t think he really notices he’s fashion forward. He’s too young.”







Photos: Alonso Mateo Fan Page/Facebook

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Feedback (16 Comments)

  • casandra Posted on July 2, 2013

    awesome : )

  • claire Posted on July 2, 2013

    that’s right – teach him to concentrate on appearance at the age of five. his parents think this is cool, but all they are doing is making a five-year old douchebag who thinks outfits are definitive and that for dressing in them he should have his picture taken. this is just sad and messed up. the kid be outside playing forgetting to wear shoes and getting holes in the knees of his jeans. this is when kids learn what matters and he’s being taught that it’s about how you look.

  • Saumya Posted on July 3, 2013

    LOL..cute and cool

  • Sara Posted on July 3, 2013

    RIDICULOUS. I mean he is cute and all but talk about teaching some real deep values at an early age. Ugh, take me back to the 50s.

  • Sherry Posted on July 3, 2013

    Claire – Do you really think his parents keep him in these clothes 24/7? How do you know how they are raising their child? You’re judging based on a few photos? They’re just showing off their cute five year old. It’s adorable, not bad parenting. Also, who doesn’t want to give their kids the best the world has to offer. They buy clothes that he wants, he has a talent for fashion, might as well encourage a good talent…

  • Kmart Posted on July 3, 2013

    Very cute kid being manipulated by his parents, who will probably be picked on when he gets older…lets check back when he is 25.

  • Doug Posted on July 4, 2013

    He will outgrow everything next year. Awesome investment, guys. That will teach him about the real world. But honestly, he looks fly and I’m sure he has fun doing it! Keep it up!

  • Moe Posted on July 4, 2013

    Fashion is a form of expression and creativity……..just because it doesn’t happen to be YOUR form of expression and creativity doesn’t mean it’s not valid. I remember expressing myself through my clothing when I was this child’s age only not nearly as well! lol Stop judging! Let the kid express himself – he may be the next greatest designer for Pete’s sake!

  • Ro Posted on July 4, 2013

    This is actually disgraceful and only highlights what is wrong with people these days

  • mistechal Posted on July 13, 2013

    Cute as a bugs ear !

  • pbird Posted on July 24, 2013

    Cute, but wow what a tiny child for five years old. He looks more like three.

  • aphrodi Posted on July 25, 2013

    little handsome and cute,

  • paromita Posted on July 29, 2013

    Seeing the kid i feel like designing something for him and keep a shoot for him. The kid looks great and doing a great justice to the cloths that he is wearing.

  • vidya Posted on August 1, 2013

    wooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwww………. cute and handsome

  • gagathegreat Posted on August 2, 2013

    so sad, playing with your kid as if he was a doll

  • JACK WILLIAM Posted on August 17, 2013

    Very cute. He looks more like three